Birth: 24 April 1856

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Leicester, Leicestershire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 11 October 1931 - Aged 75

Place or Registered Place of Death: Barrow-Upon-Soar, Leicestershire

Father: Thomas Fielding Johnson, Snr

Mother: Julia Christiana Stone

Spouse(s): Florence Lyne Paget

Date of Marriage: 1 May 1883

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Great Meeting, Leicester, Leicestershire


Florence Fielding Paget Johnson - 1884
Thomas Paget Fielding Johnson - 1886
Agnes Miriam.Fielding Johnson - 1889
Christiana Fielding Johnson - 1890
William Spurrett.Fielding Johnson - 1893
Henry Goode Fielding Johnson - 1895


Thomas Fielding Johnson, Esq., J. P. co. Leicester, M.A. (Oxon.), b. 1856 ; m. 1883, Florence Lyne, d. of Edward Humphrey Paget of Leicester ; and has surv. issue— Thomas Paget Fielding Johnson, Esq., Lt.-Col. 4th Batt. Leicester Regt., b. 1885 [m. 1923, Verena Barbara Price of Leicester (Res.—Pailton, co. Warwick)] ; William Spurrett Fielding Johnson, Esq., M.C. , Capt. Leicester Yeo., b. 1892 [m. 1918, Gwendolen Edith Whetstone of Leicester (Res.—Strancliffe, Barrow-on-Soar, Leics.)]; Florence Julia Fielding (m. 1909, Bernard Everard of Barrow-on-Soar)] ; Agnes Miriam Fielding; and Christiana Fielding [m. 1914, Major John E. Viccars, D.S.O., of Ingursby Old Hall, Leicestershire]. Seat—Goscote Hall, near Leicester.

The Times - May 3, 1883
On the 1st May, at the Great Meeting, Leicester, by the Rev. J. Page Hopps, Thomas Fielding Johnson, Jun., Esq., to Florence Lyne Paget.

The Times - October 13, 1931
Mr. T. Fielding Johnson
Mr. Thomas Fielding Johnson, of Goscote Hall, Leicester, died on Sunday in his seventy- sixth year. He was born on April 24, 1856, son of the late Mr. Thomas Fielding Johnson and his first wife, and educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford. In 1918-19 he was High Sheriff of Leicestershire. He married in 1883 Florence Lyne, daughter of Edward Humphrey Paget, of Leicester, and leaves three sons and three daughters.

The Times - October 30, 1931
Mr. Fielding Johnson
Dr. Leonard Huxley writes:-
Thomas Fielding, Johnson, of Goscote, Leicester, is to be remembered as one of those steadfast men, unambitious of personal fame, who, by their ideals of practice, establish the character of their city and their country. Like his father before him, he exemplified the ancient Greek motto: Life has set you in this city; make it illustrious. Here was a Connexion of immensely old standing. From 600 years ago the rolls of Merton College show the Johnsons in family succession as tenants of the college lands at Barkby, near Leicester, till about 1700, they migrated to the town itself, and finally established themselves as wool-spinners. In a great and expanding business Fielding Johnson was associated with his father, who had himself succeeded to it before he was 21, and remained actively in harness till after he was 90. The management of these great mills was noteworthy for the honourable and, indeed, warm relations between owner and men. His staff appreciated him as a great leader. and admired him for his open-hearted generosity. "Never in my life," writes one of them; ”have I served a man under whom it was such a pleasure to work. One felt that anything but one's very best would be an insult to him."

In this he did but receive as he gave. In such service he found the secret of happiness, and no trouble was too great so that the giving should be of the best. Sympathy and high administrative capacity found. their special sphere in hospital work. For eight years he was chairman of the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Under his inspiration, and aided by his munificent gifts, it expanded into new life, not merely as an institution, but in personal relations with those who came to be treated. Outside Leicester, too, he was an untiring member of the executive committee of the British Hospitals Association. In this body of experts his clear mind and experienced practicality always made themselves felt. As the crowning point of this interest he presented to Leicester a splendid private hospital with the most up-to-date equipment, where private patients, unable either to take advantage of the general hospital or to pay high fees. could be treated at moderate cost. To Leicester also, when he inherited his father's house and grounds, he gave these to be a residence for the Bishops, enriching the newly-formed diocese of Leicester.

The county also, where he had served his turn as High Sheriff, knew him not only for his keenness in the hunting field, but as a scientific and practical farmer, for, by an unexpected reversion to ancestral type, he had an inborn passion for farming, and actually acquired his first farm while still an undergraduate at Oxford.

Undaunted by illness, he carried on to the last, courageous and serene. Far from parading his generosity, Fielding Johnson found open reference to it distasteful. But long after personal memories have ceased to be, Leicester may still look around and behold his monument in his great gifts to his city, standing there to match his father's gift of the noble site for the university-equal memorials to the name of Fielding Johnson.


1891 Census:

West Cotes Drive Ivy Lodge, West Leigh Road, Leicester
Thomas Fielding Johnson - Head - Married - 34 - Worsted Spinner - Leicester
Florence Lyne Johnson - Wife - 34 - Leicester
Florence F.P. Johnson - Daughter - 7 - Scholar - Leicester
Thomas P.F. Johnson - Son - 5 - Scholar - Leicester
Agnes M.F. Johnson - Daughter - 2 - Leicester
Christina F. Johnson - Daughter - 5 Months - Leicester

1901 Census:

Goscote Hall, Birstall, Leicestershire
Thomas F. Johnson - Head - Married - 44 - Worsted Spinner - Leicester
Florence L. Johnson - Wife - 44 - Leicester
Christiana F. Johnson - Daughter - 10 - Leicester
William S.F. Johnson - Son - 8 - Leicester
Henry G.F. Johnson - Son - 6 - Glenfield, Leicestershire

Thomas Fielding Johnson, Jnr.